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Do mixed people understand the black struggle?

Do mixed people understand the black struggle? The reason I bring up this topic is because I feel like as a person coming from a biracial background (black & white), people often assume I don’t know anything about black culture. I remember one particular incident where one of my extremely intelligent black girlfriends told me […]

Mixed Me: A Tale of a Girl Who is Both Black and White

Mixed Me is a colorful children’s book about a little girl who is mixed with black and white. She light-heartedly pokes fun at what it’s like to live life as a mixed girl and about some of the assumptions other people make about her as a result. What’s beautiful about this book is that little […]

What Does Resiliency Mean to You?

Resilient: tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change (Merriam-Webster) This week I’ve been thinking a lot about the topic of resiliency and what it means to me. Over the years I’ve noticed that the happiest people I know are the most resilient, meaning that they have the strength and ability to […]

Mixed Marrow

In 2009 Athena Mari Asklipiadis founded Mixed Marrow; an organization committed to helping patients of mixed and multiethnic decent find bone marrow and blood cell donors.  The need for the program emerged due to the lack of available donors for people of racially mixed backgrounds. Of course, genetic makeup plays a role in finding a bone marrow donor, but many aren’t aware of the critical role […]

My Response to “Mixed is Just a Term Used to Separate Us.”

I recently received the following comment on an article I wrote and wanted to share my response with you: “85 % of blacks in America are mixed.  This is not a new phenomena in our community.  Mixed race is just a new term that has emerged that tries to further seperate us.  If you look […]

My Thoughts on Emotional Intelligence

When any event happens in our lives, it’s natural to react emotionally (E.g. sad, happy, scared, excited, etc.) and despite what society may tell us, it’s important to allow ourselves the space to feel these emotions. Having emotional intelligence is not about ignoring our feelings but instead developing the ability to control the way we […]

The Importance of inclusion in the Classroom

I’ve been reading a book called “Enhancing Adult Motivation to learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults” by an author named Raymond J. Wlodkowski. He explains that sometimes in educational settings teachers are “not mean-spirited but, more likely, unaware that a perspective is missing, that a biased myth has been perpetuated, or that [they] […]

Cianna’s Cry for Help

If you’re on Facebook, you may have recently seen the face of young Cianna Anderson populating your newsfeed. The 12 year old girl posted her story to the “I oppose bullying” Facebook page less than two weeks ago. As of today it has over 350,000 likes and over 7,500 shares. She wrote: “My name is […]

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